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Five Million Years to Earth (1967)
"Quatermass and the Pit" (original title)

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An ancient Martian spaceship is unearthed in London, and proves to have powerful psychic effects on the people around.

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Police Sergeant Ellis
Maurice Good ...
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Hugh Morton ...
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While digging a new subway line in London, a construction crew discovers first: a skeleton, then what they think is an old World War II German missle. Upon closer examination the "missle" appears to be not of this earth! This movie examines the age old question of how we came to be on this planet. It is suprizingly scary. Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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All Earth Stands Helpless! Spawned in the depths of outer space -- a monster so horrible, so vicious, so incredible -- even when you see it you won't believe it could be! (U.S. poster) See more »

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Sci-Fi | Horror

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16 February 1968 (USA)  »

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Five Million Years to Earth  »

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£275,000 (estimated)
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The producers requested both orchestral and electronic cues from composer Tristram Cary in order to have a choice of scores to use. He provided around thirty minutes of symphonic music plus electronic pieces (to represent the Martian threat), though much of it was lost during post-production editing and recutting, occasionally being replaced with stock tracks. See more »

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The final shot of Quatermass and Barbara, playing out under the end credits, is the same twenty-one or so seconds of footage looped four times. See more »

Quotes

Sladden: Where was Moses when the lights went out? In the flippin' dark.
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Music by Dennis Farnon
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The thinking person's horror/sf movie

Quatermass & the pit is one of the best movies made by Hammer studios, who are more usually associated with 1960s English horror films. The screenplay is by Nigel Kneale and is based on his 1950s 6-episode television mini-series of the same name.

A mysterious object is unearthed during extension work on a London underground station, and although the authorities try to explain it away as an unexploded German weapon from WWII, the heroes (Professors Quatermass & Rowney) discover it is far more ancient and threatening.

A horror/sf film which will appeal to thoughtful viewers. The plot is intelligent and the film is quite different to the modern style of blitzkrieg-action style thrillers. The acting and direction are faultless. Highly recommended.


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